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Any of several isomeric colorless flammable liquid hydrocarbons, C6H14, derived from the fractional distillation of petroleum and used as a solvent and as a working fluid in low-temperature thermometers.
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(Chemistry) a liquid alkane existing in five isomeric forms that are found in petroleum and used as solvents, esp the isomer with a straight chain of carbon atoms (n-hexane). Formula: C6H14
[C19: from hexa- + -ane]
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(ˈhɛk seɪn)

any of five isomeric hydrocarbons, some of which are obtained from petroleum.
[< Greek héx six + -ane]
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Noun1.hexane - a colorless flammable liquid alkane derived from petroleum and used as a solvent
alkane, alkane series, methane series, paraffin series, paraffin - a series of non-aromatic saturated hydrocarbons with the general formula CnH(2n+2)
dissolvent, dissolver, dissolving agent, resolvent, solvent - a liquid substance capable of dissolving other substances; "the solvent does not change its state in forming a solution"
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The crude methanolic extract was suspended in water (2 L) and was extracted with n-hexane and ethyl acetate to get 105 g and 81 g fractions respectively.
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N-hexane was first dyed with oil-red for better demonstration and floating at the top of water (density of n-hexane is 0.66 g/[cm.sup.3]).
Solvents (n-hexane, dichloromethane and acetone) were obtained from Tedia Company (USA), and they were of chromatographic grade.
The aim of the present study was to evaluate the total flavonoid contents and the antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory activities of methanol extracts and n-hexane, chloroform, ethyl acetate, and water fractions of the aerial parts of Lathyrus armenus (Boiss&Huet) Sirj, Lathyrus aureus (Stev.) Brandza, Lathyrus cilicicus Hayek&Siehe, Lathyrus laxiflorus (Desf.) O.
Various fractions (n-hexane, chloroform, ethyl acetate and n-butanol) from the most active methanolic extract were prepared.
Those plants were extracted with water, methanol, n-hexane, chloroform, ethyl acetate, and butanol using the same method as in the previous study [10].
Ethanol, n-hexane, ethyl acetate, aquadest, methanol, acetonitrile (Merck), Counting Cell Kit-8 (Dojindo Laboratories, Japan), 5-Fluorouracil (5-FU) (Kalbe), fucoxanthin (Sigma).
The biological activities like antibacterial and antioxidant of synthesized Fe-doped Titinium Oxide nanoparticles were further investigated based on different solvents such as acetonitrile, n-Hexane and isopropyl alcohol.
The extract solution was inserted into a separating funnel, and then, the n-hexane solvent was added with a volume ratio of 1:1 with the aquades.